I want to share with you four observations and questions on the topic ‘Is the Dalai Lama bad for the West’
Firstly, it seems that the Tibetan issue has been turned into the issue of the Dalai Lama. This has certainly been the position of the Chinese government. In the recent UN Universal Peridical Review On China, they blamed the Dalai Lama for organizing self-immolations inside Tibet. The Western governments only calls for the Chinese government to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama. The newly elected Tibetan government in exile lacks recognition as well as self-identification. They haven’t really proposed their own political agenda that might expand the space which has been created but also restricted by the Dalai Lama’s Middle-Way Approach.
Secon, Tibet is a bargaining chip for the west when dealing with China. It is generally assumed that countries that welcome the Dalai Lama’s visit will pay the price of losing China’s market. Because of this assumption top leaders in South Afria, Japan, Taiwan all declined to meet with the Dalai Lama in recent years. Cameron met with the Dalai Lama in 2012 and now promise not to meet with the Dalai Lama again. The implication is that by meeting with the DALAI LAMA, the UK had been punished in economy. But in fact, the bilateral trade in goods between the two countries reached $63.1 billion in 2012, surging 7.5 percent compared with 2011. China needs the world market more than the world needs China. China’s own financial and economic crisis is much more severe than that of the West.
Thirdly, Dalai Lama, China’s colonization of Tibet is being strengthened by global capital chains. The West has joined in the plundering of resources in Tibet. There are many such examples: Siemens via Asiaifom and China National Gold Group are jointly mining at Gyama, which provides key materials of military vehicles and equipments for factories in Sichan and Innermongolia. In addition, with technical assistance by Ford Motor Company, the military equipments are used to facilitate crackdown on Tibetan uprisings.
Fourthly, I want to mention some of the new devices that CCP has developed in order to control Tibet. The CCP Third Plenum developed at least two main survillence and crackdown in Tibet areas. Last week, the CCP Third Plenum announced the establishment of the National Security Council, which will incorperate domestic, foreign, military decisions to serve the stablity maintanence. This will allow the CCP to crack down more effecively and quickly on resistance in Tibetan areas. In addition, Chinese government has developed linguistic surveillance technology to monitor voice calls, messages sent online, as well as images embedded within the communications line, in areas such as Xinjiang and Tibet where officials do not understand the local language.
Finally, I want to put forward a question: apart from the West, the Dalai Lama, the Chinese government, are there any other actors in the Tibet issue? Especially the non-state actors, civil societies. What impact will they have on Tibet’s future?
Shao Jiang’s Speech on A Roundtable Discussion: “Is the Dalai Lama Bad for the West?”
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